Facelift vs Fillers - Which Is Right For You?

When the signs of aging begin setting in, you may begin to question: facelift vs fillers? Would both help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Which is more effective? And which is the right choice for you?

Types of Fillers

There are two types of facial fillers, natural and synthetic. Synthetic fillers are made up of materials constructed in laboratories. They tend to last a long time and over time, repeated injections can stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen, the substance responsible for creating a smooth, youthful look. Natural fillers are made up of a purified form of collagen extracted from animal sources. Natural fillers don’t tend to last as long as synthetic fillers, but may have fewer potential side effects. Dr. O’Neill will discuss your personal medical history with you and advise you on the pros and cons of each type of filler so that you can make an informed decision on which is right for you.

Face Lift Surgery

Face lift surgery is a more permanent solution for dropping, sagging, and other signs of aging. It involves making small incisions and removing excess or stretched skin as well as adjusting areas of skin for a more pleasing structure and profile. Recovery can take as long as six to eight weeks. The results are more dramatic and last longer than the results from using dermal fillers.

Facelift vs Fillers – Pros and Cons

Fillers are non-invasive and recovery time is almost nil. Fillers need to be re-injected every two to three months to maintain the results. Over time, less material may be needed as the body’s natural collagen production is stimulated. Cosmetic face lift surgery is a more permanent option that may need to be repeated after two to three years to maintain the results. Surgery offers more drastic results and should be considered if you’re experiencing extensive wrinkling or sagging skin. Come in for a consultation with Dr. O’Neill, and we’ll discuss your options and help you decide which is the best one for you –  facelift vs fillers. 

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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